Coming together for area students

The Steelers are partnering with Pittsburgh Public Schools for Take A Father to School Day, which will be held virtually on May 21.

The day, which is in its 23rd year, will focus on 'Resilience Through Reading,' with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Literacy Pittsburgh and the Penguins and Pirates also joining forces to encourage fathers reading to students and speaking to the importance of fatherhood and being a positive male role model.

Brandon Hunt, the Steelers pro scouting coordinator and a father of two, joined the Pittsburgh City Council virtual meeting on Tuesday morning, along with Pirates Manager Derek Shelton and Penguins Hockey Operations Advisor Trevor Daley, when they read a proclamation ahead of the city-wide event.

"I have the privilege to be a son and a father of two boys," said Hunt. "I'm excited that we are we are partnering with the Pittsburgh Public Schools for Take A Father to School Day. It is imperative as men that we all take an active part in education, in the development of our youth to ensure success now and in the future. As families and the entire community continue to recover from this pandemic that we're all going through, programs like this are important to continue to show our kids to continue now, so that our kids know that we continue to support them. As a father, and as a son, I know it's important for our youth to have mentors, fathers and father figures to look up to. We look forward to supporting this initiative for years to come."

The goal of Take A Father to School Day, which was founded by former School Board Member Mark Brentley Sr., is inclusion, increasing active participation of fathers, father figures and positive male role models, to be welcomed into the school atmosphere to encourage them to become more involved in the educational journey.

"Thank you for making this event to celebrate fathers an annual declaration across the city," said Dr. Anthony Hamlet, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. "Twenty-three years ago, Mark Brentley Sr. set out to increase the active participation of fathers and men in Pittsburgh Public Schools. It has been my esteemed privilege and honor to watch the seed Mr. Brentley planted blossom into an active, thriving initiative, so engaging that other districts across the country have adopted Take A Father to School Day. I know personally how important it is for a student to look up and see their father, grandfather, uncle, brother, pastor or positive male role model, standing next to them, encourage them in the classroom. While we would love to celebrate in person, our schools will be celebrating this year's events virtually to ensure everyone's safety. We appreciate the support and the work."

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